If you’ve been following along on our first ever bus conversion you’ll be excited to see we have a new approach to our skoolie. Here’s Our Argo Watch Your Step.
It may be a small area of our bus but the entrance to any space speaks volumes about you. And from get-go the entrance into our skoolie was grungy, cluttered and depressing. But not any longer!!
I laboured one day cleaning, scrubbing and decluttering the driver’s area of the bus. This was the space I wanted to apply feng shui to, with an intention of blessing my hubby particularly as THE driver of Our Argo (he’s the one with the air brakes ticket). So I removed all the stuff Everette had been storing in this sitting area that had to find a home somewhere else on the bus.
I degreased the ceiling, dashboard and wall in this area and vacuumed and sprayed the seat with Purification. There was green growth to chip away and slimy grease to remove from the window trims. I polished whatever I could, and cleaned the windows and rearview mirror until they sparkled. The storage above the dashboard where a big emergency kit resides was degreased, and I cut a shelf liner to fit snug in there.
What a huge difference all the cleaning made.
Now entering the bus wasn’t so cluttered looking. I felt more welcoming. Definitely cleaner and clearer.
Everette noticed the difference immediately, and I think instinctively he felt a difference in the energy. Because something made him want to improve on that area asap.
Everette dug right into a job he had planned to postpone until much later, possibly when we went to Mexico.
He got right down to business. But you know how it is sometimes…it has to get messier before it gets cleaner! So everything I had done the previous day was covered by a rusty film within 12 hours…I admit that at first it pissed me off because of the hours I had spent cleaning seemed for naught. But I quickly got with the program!! The entrance was one of those spots on the bus that I really wanted to be updated. Something had to change to make the Welcome into our family space more enticing, and this was it. So I quickly forgave my hubby and was thrilled that he was tackling this project.
Everette ripped up the original flooring on the stairs. He took those pieces of the original flooring to Silver Streak Boats so they could use it as a template for cutting and shaping the aluminum checker plate for us. Everette sanded the steps and landing where necessary, eliminating rust build up. Any holes to the underside of the bus was filled with marine silicon.
In about 4 days Silver Streak phoned to say the pieces were ready to be picked up so Everette could start the installation.
First job was to make sure the latch for locking the bus no longer would drag on the floor…you can see wear marks that worked right through the original flooring all the way thru to the metal floor. There was no way we wanted our new checker plate scratched up so Everette put in a stainless steel bolt to hold the latch up off of the floor.
Everette drilled holes as necessary into the checker plate. He applied silicon around the perimeter of each piece as a sealant before placing the sheets of aluminum plating down. He nabbed us passersby to help hold it in place with our weight while he was attaching it to the floor with aluminum rivets and stainless steel screws.
It was a full day of installation pretty much. Everette is thinking of finishing the side walls in the stair well with some plywood and mounting some solar sconce or something similar to light our steps. Like so many other things, time will tell.
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